The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Holy crap, this book was wonderful in the most heartbreaking way ever. My mom first told me to read it a few years ago, but I never did. Finally, knowing the movie was coming out soon I decided to borrow it from her again and give it a go–and I am so glad I finally did, even if it was super depressing. Granted, I should have gone in more prepared for the book to be a downer, seeing as it takes place in World War II Germany but y’know…hindsight. If I had to choose one book this month that would be an absolute must-read, it’s this one. Sure, you’ll likely need plenty of tissues, but believe me, it’s worth it. The narration style alone is worth the emotional turmoil.
I went right into this book after reading The Book Thief because I was hoping it would be more lighthearted. In a way, it was, but it still made me sad and frustrated at times, which I totally love so I’m not complaining. I wrote a full review of this for International Geek Girl Pen Pals, but suffice it to say that I recommend this book to any fangirls (and boys) because it’s likely you’ll be able to relate–almost to the point of getting eerie sometimes.
Spook by Mary Roach
This was a really good way to step away from the last two books, which both left me with quite the hangover. I’m not sure if I mentioned, but even though I have an English degree, I also have a soft spot for science. If I find a topic presented in a way that’s interesting to me, I’m ready to jump in. Ghosts are something I’ve always had a soft spot for (along with cryptozoology, UFOs, urban legends, etc.), so I was excited to find this book in Barnes & Noble one evening. Occasionally I would find my thoughts wandering while I read and I’d have to reread a paragraph sometimes, but for the most part I was into it. It was slow going, but I think that’s just because it was non-fiction science, not any kind of fiction. I have a much easier time breezing through fiction. Anyway–if you find ghosts interesting, skeptical or not, I’d recommend this. I’m already planning on getting another of her books when I get the chance.
“From the Bookshelves” is a monthly list of books I’ve recently read. I’ll share the good, the bad, and the ones so awful I didn’t even finish. The goal is to expose readers to books I encountered, and hopefully pique their interest in even the less enjoyed books because what’s boring to me might be fascinating to them.